On March 28th, 2016 the Ecology Center released “Berkeley vs. Big Soda,” a short film that tells the story of how a community fought the powerful beverage industry to pass a tax on the distribution of sugary beverages.
The movie features campaign footage and is told by the diverse coalition members that coalesced to support… Read more »
Earlier this month, a very special guest came to our farmers’ market: United States Department of Agriculture’s Undersecretary of Agriculture Kevin Concannon visited for National Nutrition Month! Our staff met with Undersecretary Concannon to discuss CalFresh (California’s food stamps, referred to as SNAP nationally) access at farmers’ markets and incentives like Market Match. Our Market… Read more »
Last year, the State passed a terrific bill, AB 1321. It established a program that makes fresh fruit and vegetables more affordable for low-income families, and drives revenue to California’s small and mid-sized farms. It also attracts matching funds from the Federal Government. Problem is, this win-win-win program isn’t funded! Spring means budget season in… Read more »
From the Superbowl to the Oscars, this past month activists and celebrities have refused to be silent about racial inequality, using social media campaigns – #BlackLivesMatter, #OscarsSoWhite – to amplify the message that the status quo is unacceptable in 2016. The Oscars held up a mirror to the persistent race-based lack of opportunity. Black Lives… Read more »
It’s a quieter time of year for us, which gives us time to recognize and appreciate some of the special folks who are part of our work during busier months. We are thrilled to recognize volunteers from our longstanding partners the English Studies Institute (ESI), a language school that provides high-quality English instruction and builds… Read more »